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Watergate figure Jeb Stuart Magruder dies

By CNN Political Unit
updated 6:55 PM EDT, Fri May 16, 2014
Former Nixon campaign aide Jeb Stuart Magruder testifies at Senate Watergate hearings.
Former Nixon campaign aide Jeb Stuart Magruder testifies at Senate Watergate hearings.

(CNN) -- Jeb Stuart Magruder, a former aide to President Richard Nixon who served time in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in, has died.

Magruder, 79, died May 11 in Danbury, Connecticut, due to complications from a stroke, Jeff Hull, owner of Hull Funeral Service, told CNN Friday.

Magruder worked as a special assistant in the Nixon administration before becoming the deputy director of his 1972 re-election committee.

He served seven months behind bars for his involvement in the break in and burglary of Democratic Party offices in Washington's Watergate complex and the resulting cover-up that forced Nixon from office.

A decade after his release, Magruder became a Presbyterian minister.

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